7 global megatrends that could beat climate change

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Is it too late for us to avert disastrous impacts of global warming? Maybe not, thanks to seven large-scale megatrends changing the way we live. The Guardian’s environment editor Damian Carrington laid out trends that could turn the tide: renewable energy, electric cars, plant-based meat, energy efficiency, batteries, coal dying, and forests. It’s clear we haven’t yet won the battle – but there could be reason to hope.

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New Enphase solar inverters could power homes without batteries even if the grid goes down

Most residential solar energy inverters shut off for safety reasons if the grid powers down. But Enphase Energy could offer inverters that allow a home to continue to be powered by solar if the grid crashes. According to Electrek, Enphase’s Chief Product Officer Raghu Belur even suggested the inverters could let solar energize a home without a grid or batteries.

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Aerospace-inspired wonder could be the UK’s first double-decker high-speed train

Lucky Brits could soon ride on high-speed trains with luxury jet-like interiors. Taking inspiration from aerospace design, Andreas Vogler Studio and the German Aerospace Center dLR designed and developed the AeroLiner 3000 train, the first double-deck high-speed train for the UK. Conceived with plans of implementation, this innovative and ultra-lightweight design would allow for an increase in capacity of 30% on the British railways’ existing infrastructure—no new railways needed.

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Scientists warn CO2 from warming soils could lead to uncontrollable temperature rise

There’s a lot scientists don’t know about how global warming could impact Earth’s natural systems. A 26-year-study of soil in Massachusetts’ Harvard Forest provides new insight. Researchers discovered warming soils are releasing more carbon than once thought, and could reach a tipping point, kicking off an unrelenting increase in warming temperatures.

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Elon Musk declares Tesla could rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid

Elon Musk, CEO and co-founder of Tesla, has made clear that his company is willing and capable of rebuilding Puerto Rico’s power grid from the ground up. “The Tesla team has done this for many smaller islands around the world,” said Musk, “but there is no scalability limit so it can be done for Puerto Rico too. Such a decision would be in the hands of the Puerto Rico government, PUC (Public Utilities Commission), any commercial stakeholders and, most importantly, the people of Puerto Rico.” Most… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Soaring timber tower could clean up contaminated water in NYC’s Central Park

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“Aside from supplying water to the pool and Harlem Meer, the Reservoir sits stagnant and fenced off due to its current state as a health threat to millions of New Yorkers, tourists and animals,” said DFA.

“DFA envisions a temporary landmark that is remarkably of its time to creatively transform the reservoir into one of New York’s boldest urban amenities,” said studio founder Laith Sayigh.

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Could France-sized ocean garbage patch become 196th nation?

Trash is polluting our oceans, and now there’s a patch near Hawaii that is around the size of the entire country of France. The charity Plastic Oceans Foundation and publication LADbible want to recognize the garbage patch as a country, called Trash Isles, to not only raise awareness, but try to get the area cleaned up.

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Winning Mexloop Hyperloop design could connect 42M people in new megalopolis

Traveling between Mexico City and Guadalajara takes over six hours by car today – but imagine making that trip in 45 minutes. It could be possible in the future with a new Hyperloop system proposed by Mexloop, a Mexican consortium which includes names like Arup and Fernando Romero Enterprise, designers of Mexico City’s New International Airport. Their suggested Hyperloop network is a winner of the Hyperloop One Global Challenge.

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IKEA’s new augmented reality app could totally change the way we shop

Have you ever purchased a piece of furniture, only to find out later it didn’t fit its intended spot or threw off the balance of the room? This is actually pretty common, which is why the Swedish furniture maker IKEA is building a free augmented reality (AR) application using Apple’s new ARKit technology. The app will let users experience how sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and other furnishing items will fit into their homes. Users will also have the option of capturing the setting in the app… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

New bridge linking Japan and Russia could enable 8400-mile rail trip from London to Tokyo

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the longest rail routes in the world, but it could get even longer under a proposal from the Russian government. The country is reportedly in serious discussions with Japan to build a 28-mile bridge that would lengthen the line. If the bridge was built, you’d be able to travel from Tokyo to London on different routes spanning 8,400 miles.

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